Man on Life Support After Officer Throws him in Jail, then Choked at Hospital
Body cam footage released from the Burleson County jails shows Texas man Chester Jackson Jr. being shoved to the ground by a corrections officer following an arrest last month.
Jackson hit his head on the toilet, which can be seen in the video above.
Now he's on life support.
But unanswered questions are becoming more clear as video from the jail and 911 audio recordings after he was arrested at the hospital trickle out.
Apparently, Jackson became agitated at the hospital, was given medication and placed in a chokehold, according to a recording of a 911 call from hospital staff, which was made public on May 30.
Jackson Jr. was arrested for public intoxication on Friday, April 19 near his home on a rural road by a Burleson County deputy.
Initially, no documentation, details, audio or video recordings of the arrest were being released.
After being taken into custody, Jackson was brought before the Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Robert Urbanosky and handed down a one-day sentence in county jail.
However, U.A. Lewis, Jackson's attorney, said documentation from her client's hearing, citation, guilty plea and case were "missing" from the system and officials in Burleson County were unable to locate any records of the arrest.
On April 20, Saturday, Chester Jackson Sr. received a phone call from the jail informing him that his son was being released from the county jail.
Jackson's mother makes the trip, driving to the jail to pick up her son since his father is unable to make the trip.
Eddie Lee Wilson arrived at the jail within an hour and was greeted by two jail staff members who said her son had been released.
However, he would remain in custody because he was having "mental issues" and might be a danger to other members of the public, they said.
Wilson requested, but was declined a request to visit her son before she eventually left the jail without him.
At 11:23 p.m. body cam footage shows officers transferring Jackson from one cell to another.
Everything goes smoothly until he is moved to the second cell, where he becomes agitated.
In the video seen above, Jackson falls to the floor as a Caldwell police sergeant handles him inside of the cell.
A few seconds later, the sergeant can be seen on video pushing Jackson into the metal jail bed, which he bounces off before hitting his head against the metal toilet.
"Hey, you fell. You fell. I did not throw you," the officer says to Jackson.
"Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!" an apparent good officer witnessing nearby can be heard saying.
Jackson's family called the Burleson County Jail on Sunday, April 21, asking when they could pick up Jackson.
They are told his location is unknown.
Jackson's family attorney says Jackson was transported to an Austin-area hospital by a Burleson County deputy on this day.
Burleson County Sheriff Thomas Norsworthy says newly released video, shown below, shows Jackson leaving the jail in "perfect condition,"
On Monday, April 22, Jackson's family finally learn he's in an Austin hospital and on life support in a coma.
Jackson's mother said her son is in critical condition and had to be resuscitated twice and has several small puncture wounds on various parts of his body.
Jackson's attorney is expressed concerns during a rally that authorities have not told the family how Jackson ended up in the hospital.
The Texas Rangers began assisting in the investigation on Tuesday, May 21.
On Wednesday, May 22, the Burleson County Sheriff's Office denied in a statement that it was withholding evidence in the case.
On Friday, May 24, Caldwell Police Chief Charles Barnes announced publicly that one of his officers was being placed on administrative leave amidst a pending investigation into misconduct related to Jackson.
Barne's stated he was made aware of the officer's involvement four days earlier, on May 20.
On Tuesday, May 28, U.A. Lewis, Jackson's attorney releases a copy of the body cam video to KBTX, which shows the incident inside the jail, through a public records request filed with Burleson County on May 24.
On May 30, a recording of the 911 call about Jackson being choked was released.
Jackson's condition is reportedly improving, but he's still unable to speak.
Watch video of the incident above, and video of Jackson being transported to the hospital as well as a recording of the 911 call about Jackson being choked below.
This is a developing story.
It's not clear if any footage of the officer choking at the hospital exists.